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Nov
09
Top/Least Horrible Ratalaika GamesPermalink
Since I played a fuckton of Ratalaika Games during the GTTSC, I thought a write up on the least horrible ones that would be fun in case someone’s looking to keep a streak going or get an easy platinum just for funsies.

To start, I would like to say that I’m currently not bothered by Ratalaika as a publisher. While I have no solid proof, I like to think they give some garage developers a platform to put their games out there with some easy trophy lists using trophy hunters as a means to get their games noticed. This will hopefully help them build a portfolio to be able to apply to some bigger studios to help keep the gaming industry going. Overall, not a bad plan as it does keep them in business as a publisher too, with so many different devs going through them.

Contrarily, worst case is they barely pay the devs and are just using trophy hunters as a way to make a lot of money real fast before publishing the next game. This would be horrible.

I’d also like to comment on a statement I saw that compared them to EA’s money-making schemes. I find it different, because EA uses a scheme that has players use real money to buy in game currency and then gamble with that currency to try and get better items, cosmetic items, rare/legendary/etc items. Ratalaika guarantees actual gameplay for much cheaper and the possibility of a platinum. While the cost of the game makes it seem like a microtransaction, to me, it’s not quite the same as one. You’re still playing (up to) 6 games for approximately $30 whereas $30 spent on an EA microstransaction provides no further extensive gameplay and is, more or less, only used to make gameplay easier, give you a cosmetic change you want, or to show off how lucky you got in the random loot boxes.

Anyway, soapbox done, onto the list, in no particular order because I’m on my iPad and doing copy/paste to get them in the order of best to worst that I could do is not aligning with the laziness I’m feeling right now.

1. Gravity Duck/Hoggy2
Let’s start with a critical favorite smile. The game play is easy and the levels are short, making them the fast platinums they are, but gravity changing platformer is not a bad genre. I actually looked forward to playing these two games six times each because of the genre. Playing beyond the platinum is really fun and I wish the trophy lists pushed beyond the point needed to get platinum.

2. Deep Space Rush
I WISH this game had more trophies. Such an easy and simple concept, I did play this one beyond platinum just to see how far I could actually get before death (pretty far, tbh)

3. Heroes Trials
Very much a low-rent version of the Nintendo DS Legend of Zelda games - Phantom Hourglass or Spirit Tracks specifically. Using a guide, it only takes about an hour to platinum, but it’s definitely an enjoyable one thanks to some easy to pick up gameplay. Only the time limits for the trials were weird (again, use a guide and they’re not a problem) and the aiming for the ranged attack is REALLY off, but once you’re accustomed to it, it’s workable to get through the game. The most mediocre game on the list, for sure.

4. Devious Dungeon (1 and 2)
If you’re only going to play one Ratalaika game EVER, make it this one! I LOVE this game. A short-ish rogue lite platformer that can be completed in 2-4 hours (for the first game), and I really can’t speak highly enough of this. Probably the most polished game of the bunch and the most fun. If you found Rogue Legacy too difficult, try this one instead. It’s pretty chill and a good game to relax with while providing enough of a challenge to not be boring. Devious Dungeon 2 also increases the difficulty so don’t worry if you find the first one too easy; the devs listened to the feedback smile and I hope there’s more in this series.

5. Daggerhood
Another game that I wish had a longer trophy list. A great platformer with a fun little concept and really well thought out levels that tests your platforming and timing skills without pushing you to the point of madness.

6. I and Me
Cute cats and challenging puzzles. Do you need anything else? laugh Sometimes challenging to the point of maddening, but only due to the challenge of the puzzles. The gameplay is smooth and easy to learn, but difficult to master. Earning this platinum gave me a good sense of pride for conquering the challenges this game presented. I look forward to doing more of the trophy lists for this game, having only completed one list for the GTTSC. The time it takes to earn the platinum wasn’t good for the faster demands of the GTTSC.

I’m sure there might be other games out there I could include, but I didn’t play EVERY Ratalaika game. Before I purchased any Ratalaika stack, I would look up a walkthrough to see if I’d even ENJOY the game and there are many I never even bothered buying because they just didn’t look fun.

Being someone that likes to boost my PSN level and earn a lot of trophies, these games were better suited and were a lot of fun for me and my gaming style. If you prefer higher ratio trophies and greater challenges that align more to that style of gameplay, these definitely aren’t for you. My hope is to at least put some of these into a light where they can be appreciated. I’m not sure who was in charge of the trophy lists, but a little more thought and care in creating the trophy lists would have made them more challenging and gamers would get more bang for their buck. Basically, the fast platinums are more a result of a lazy trophy list making - aside from Gravity Duck/Hoggy2. Even with longer trophy lists, I think they’d still be hour plats, but at least fun journeys to platinum.

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck with these games, I recommend I and Me and Devious Dungeon 1 and 2 as all of those lists require you to complete the game 100% to earn the platinum and are both really fun challenges to work through.

Did I miss any? Any I should look up and play post challenge when I feel like getting an easy platinum? Should I do a worst list out of the ones I played?
Posted by BenNoddy on 09 November 19 at 08:56 | There are 9 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Oct
29
GTTSC: A Whirlwind in ReviewPermalink
So now that blood has returned to my head, I figured I would do a write up reflecting on my whirlwind trophy snatching that snatched me the win.

I've had a lot of comments of "If I did XYZ, I could've beat you." You're right laugh My strategy really wasn't that deep. I nickel and dimed Ratalaika games from the 3 stores for about 6-8 weeks leading up to the quarters, semis, and finals and prepared to unleash the Krataliaken. In the end, it involved a fancy spreadsheet of all possible games and points and when I did the math, I knew I could do well - I wasn't positive about getting the win.

When I signed up, I didn't expect to win, only to do well. I didn't know what other gamers had so I didn't know what to expect. When I reached the finals I knew if I had a week of insanity, I could possibly win - and that paid off for me and I've never been prouder.

What it took besides the amount of games was a lot of encouragement and support. @biff_beefcake and I pretty much talked every night on the headset talking games, stress, possibilities, and insanity. She really kept me focused and supported my run for 100k. @dvdmanpa also joined her in telling me to go for the win. There were several times over the course of the week when my anxiety got the best of me and I panicked and either was undecided on what to play or if I should keep going. I do NOT recommend putting up that amount of points in a single week to anyone because it really tests your mental fortitude in a way that just sucks the fun out of gaming.

Getting an obscene amount of points and watching my rankings on PSNP and TT soar was great, but Sunday night I was exhausted and mentally drained, slightly dehydrated, and, in the end, full of pride that I actually reached 100k. I fully expected someone to late sync 120k in points and take the win since I'd been transparent about my points, but I was in no condition to even try to counter that possibility. My life for the past two weeks was work, gaming, stressing, and staying up way too late stressing.

Basically, I do NOT recommend doing what I did. I'm proud of the points I put up and I'm happy it was all worth it in the end, but it took a huge toll for the couple weeks I focused on it.

And the first thing I did when I got home from work Monday after the finals was take a long, well-deserved, well-earned nap.

Strangely, I'm still not done with my easy games. THERE IS MORE! shock They will not be completed with the fury and determination of a meth addict cleaning a bathroom with a toothbrush, though. They'll pop up every now and then, but I'm taking some time to play some chill games and some games I played for my Bean Dive, despite my dive being fully recovered, as biff put it, by BRUTE FORCE! laugh

Since I relied heavily on easy games, I will accept the following titles in addition to 2019 GTTSC Individiual Winner:

- Crappy Game Player of the Year
- Keeper of the Kratalaiken
- The Bonkers Dude That Earned 100,000 Points
- Miss Solar System

Congratulations to the other competitors that worked hard and completed so many games from their backlogs! I'm excited to see what everyone plays now that the insanity/challenge is over. I know I'll be playing something chill and relaxing smile
Posted by BenNoddy on 29 October 19 at 01:51 | There are 8 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.